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2016 Honda HR-V Walk Around


Honda HR-V looks sportier than the Honda Fit, with short overhangs and sharp creases and more aggressive angles. In front, the nose resembles the larger CR-V, but with a wider front grille and a stronger nose. From the side, the HR-V’s curved roofline, punctuated at the rear by a roof spoiler, gives the little crossover a coupe-like appearance while maintaining headroom for occupants. A sharp, rising character line runs from the door up into the D-pillar. In the rear, a strong crease swoops from the outside of each tail light, creating a wide grin.

Interior

The cabin of the 2016 Honda HR-V is a step up from the Fit, though it still has a lot of fabric and plastic. Controls are well laid out, and we like the 7-inch touch screen found on EX and EX-L-Navi trims, which sits flush with the center console and isn’t perched atop the dash and set far back like the displays found in other Hondas, such as the Civic.

The gearshift lever and center console sit up high, separating driver and passenger into their own respective compartments. Below the center stack is a small storage space that can accommodate a phone, with a USB port. Side door pockets are wide but not tall.

Seats are comfortable, and fit average-sized and tall people quite well. Smaller occupants might have difficulty getting comfortable due to the limited adjustability of the manual seats. Fabric seats are fine but not luxurious; the leather on the EX-L trim is a step up but is somewhat stiff.

Rearward visibility is good considering the diminutive rear window. Also helpful is the Honda LaneWatch feature, which displays a side view of the vehicle on the central screen when the turn signal is activated.

Like the Fit, the HR-V is incredibly versatile thanks to clever packaging and a variety of thoughtful features. The 60/40-split rear seat that can fold completely flat, and Honda’s Magic Seat can flip up to make space for taller items. Whether the seats are up or down, the rear cargo is square and flat, making for plenty of space and allowing easy access. With all seats in place, cargo space measures 25 cubic feet. With the seats folded flat, there’s up to 58.8 cubic feet. That’s more than the Chevrolet Trax, which offers only 18.7 cubic feet and 48.4 cubic feet, respectively.

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